Tottenham set to get Real on Tuesday night
"Biggest game in the history of the club" has been a mantra at Tottenham this season.
From the home game with Young Boys to their first trip to the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to the home tie with AC Milan and now a trip to the Bernabeu. Spurs Champions League odyssey has been landmarked several times so far, but can Arry's boys head once more into the breach and get to the semi-finals or will the Spanish giants prove a bridge too far?
Tottenham are 5/2 to qualify for the Champions League semi-final, signifying them as one of the top four clubs in Europe. They have exceeded all expectations so far but at 15/2 it's hard to envisage them repeating their AC Milan heroics and handing Jose Mourinho his second home defeat in nine years.
The greatest home record by any team, player or manager ever came to a shuddering halt in rather ignominious circumstances as Madrid were beaten 1-0 by Sporting Gijon to end the nine year undefeated home streak by Mourinho. At 4/9 we expect Madrid to travel to London with a win under their belts.
Although many will see the loss of the record as a blessing in disguise for Spurs, I would view it as a weight of Mourinho's shoulders as he faces his biggest game of the season. The Champions League also represents Mourinho's last chance to win some silverware at Real Madrid.
Mourinho spoke about how this game wasn't so important due to the fact that if they lose all they have to do is win in London, easy eh. But with La Liga gone the Portuguese manager is set to go all in and include the injured Ronaldo, an 11/4 shot to score first in his squad. He will be aided by Higuain in attack and the Argentine is 3/1 to score first.
Champions League specialist Rafael van der Vaart is a 15/2 chance to bag the first goal of the game. He is 9/4 to get his name on the score sheet anytime during the match.
Spurs Wunderkind Gareth Bale has put himself on the radar of many big clubs through his exploits in this competition and he is 9/1 to score first and 10/3 to score at anytime.
We are offering a special Match Winners enhanced price on this tie, at 9/1 you can back Tottenham to come from behind and win or draw making sure you get the best value available.
Madrid are 23/20 to start the game with a one goal handicap while you can back Spurs at 17/10 to start with a goal head start on our handicap markets.
Spurs will most likely look to defend for the first half at least and catch their opponents on the counter, a double result of Draw/Madrid is 10/3.
Spurs are 16/1 to stun Madrid and win the first leg 1-0, while Madrid are 13/2 to bring a 2-0 score line with them to White Hart Lane.
It will be an intriguing encounter whatever way you look at it, for me Spurs are going to try and defend and keep the score low, I would back the double result of Draw/Madrid at 10/3.